Seahawks Draft 2017: Final Grades for Day 3
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks finished their draft with five Day Three players; Will they make the roster and improve the team?
Tedric Thompson, Free Safety, Round 4, Pick 111
The short of it: Thompson is listed as a free safety in draft only for 2017. Most likely Thompson starts his career covering receivers in the slot while he learns to be Earl Thomas. Thompson has a lot of Thomas in his game. He wants to take the ball from the offense. This can be problematic in a rookie as other teams will take advantage of his eagerness. The same happened with Thomas. Thomas, of course, has become a Hall of Fame-type player. Not saying this happens with Thompson, but I am not saying it doesn’t.
Mike Tyson, Heavyweight, Round 6, Pick 187
The short of it: I promise, the above is the only joke I will make about Tyson’s name. The fact is, though he is only a sixth-round choice, Tyson can play. But he will play mostly on special teams. He is not fast or amazingly athletic. He does play with a chip of his shoulder, though, and we know how the Seahawks love this in a player. Still, Tyson faces a battle to make the roster as Seattle already has at least three safeties entrenched on the team, Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Bradley McDougald. Plus, Seattle drafted three safeties in this class. Maybe some of them move to corner which would help Tyson’s chances of being with Seattle in 2017. (David Stobbe has more on Tyson in this bon mot.)
Justin Senior, Offensive Tackle, Round 6, Pick 210
The short of it: Obviously, the Seahawks need offensive line help. They got that in second round pick Ethan Pocic. Senior, though well tested in the SEC against some elite pass rushers, will have a difficult time making Seattle’s active unit. Senior has mid-level talent, but the Seahawks need more. That said, Senior will probably come in and be a ten-year starter on the line (because I am not that smart). David Stobbe of 12th Man Rising has more on Senior.
David Moore, Receiver, Round 7, Pick 226
The short of it: The Seahawks really like Moore. They worked him out a few times before the draft and scouts were in contact with him. One scout even told Moore, “You will be a Seahawk.” Moore comes from little known East Central University (truly, most of their students do not even know which school they go to). Moore clearly did not face great competition in college, but maybe he will prove himself in camp. (I wrote slightly more about Moore yesterday.)
Christopher Carson, Running Back, Round 7, Pick 249
The short of it: Carson has a tough task in making the Seahawks. Carson has good size at 6-feet and 218 pounds. He is really strong and looks like an NFL running back. He never fumbled while at Oklahoma State. The problem is, he is not quick or fast. One might suspect that Carson’s best chance of making the roster is if he gains a few pounds and becomes a fullback. Seattle is in current need for one of those.